What is the McNair Scholars program?

The USD McNair Scholars Program is dedicated to preparing income eligible, first-generation, and underrepresented undergraduate students for graduate education leading to a Ph.D.

Who is eligible for the McNair program?

Please read through the eligibility section of our website to see if you are eligible to apply for the program.

What if I am not sure that I am eligible?
We encourage you to submit an application, all applicants will be contacted via email regarding their application status.
Are there any financial advantages to the McNair program?
During the summer research experience Scholars receive a stipend of up to $5000 and are eligible for paid summer housing. In addition, scholars are eligible for travel funding to attend conferences and graduate school visits. McNair Scholars also receive a partial GRE fee waiver and graduate application waivers. 
What fields of graduate study are supported by McNair?
McNair Scholars can pursue graduate study in any research intensive program. We cannot serve students interested in a MD, JD, or MBA.
What if I am committed to graduate school, but not sure about a PhD?
You are still encouraged to fill out an application. 
How can I apply?
You have to submit an application. If deemed eligible you will be contacted for an interview by the selection committee.
What do I need to do to apply for the McNair Scholars Program?
  • Complete the online application
  • A copy of your family’s most recent tax forms.
  • Please provide a statement that is no longer than 500 words. You should address the following items in your statement:
    • What is your motivation for applying to graduate school?
    • Describe your future education and/or career goals, and explain how participation in the McNair Program is relevant to these goals.
    • Discuss previous research or academic project(s) with significant research components:
      • Issue/question you examined and its significance
      • Methodology